Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland have been hit with a US$100 million lawsuit after their shambolic Fyre Festival disaster.
TMZ are also reporting the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has banned the pair from doing business in the country.
Fyre Festival was billed as a luxurious high-end music festival with “a stunning sunset, a Bahamian menu and champagne toast,” and a “yacht brunch party” but was instead an unorganised shambles, with refugee tents slumped on the coastline, inadequate food, and cancelled musical performances. Attendees were reportedly trapped for hours, given horrible cheese sandwiches – and Ja Rule didn’t even show!
A class-action lawsuit was promptly filed by trial lawyer Mark Geragos in the US District Court for the Central District of California, with an anticipated 150 participants.
Jung is “accusing the organisers of fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation”, according to Business Insider.
“More troublingly”, the lawsuit states, “Mr. McFarland and Mr. Atkins began personally reaching out to performers and celebrities in advance of the festival and warned them not to attend — acknowledging the fact that the festival was outrageously under-equipped and potentially dangerous for anyone in attendance.
“Nevertheless, defendants refused to warn attendees about the dangerous conditions awaiting them on the island. Defendants only ‘canceled’ the event on the morning of the first day — after thousands of attendees had already arrived and were stranded, without food, water, or shelter.”